What once was thought to contribute to heart disease, Coconut oil is now considered heart-healthy. A recent posting on the Dr. Oz website, written by to Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc, Siobhan Bleakney, ND, and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc, Co-Medical Directors of Inner Source Health in New York, coconut oil has many health benefits.
- Aid our body’s resistance to certain viruses and bacteria that can cause illness.
- Fight against yeast, fungus and candida.
- Control thyroid function, boost metabolism
- Improve our body’s insulin use
- Increases digestion
- Lowers cholesterol
- Balances weigh grain by leading to efficient burning of energy.
- Can actually help our bodies reduce the need for antioxidant intake.
- Organic coconut oil is a natural skin and hair moisturizer
- Tasteful, healthy cooking ingredient
- Aid in the slowing of the progression of dementia
Researches in the field of Nutrition believe that coconut oil could provide some cognitive benefit to people with Alzheimer’s through ketone bodies, the biological byproducts of the coconut oil in the digestion process and an alternate fuel source for brain cells when glucose isn’t efficiently absorbed – which is what happens in Alzheimer sufferers. Our bodies don’t usually churn out many ketone bodies on its own. However, using coconut oil may produce a temporary state of hyperketonemia—significantly elevating the number of ketone bodies in a person’s blood stream.
As with any untested, unproven treatment options, it’s important to consult your own doctor before beginning a regimen on your own. Remember, coconut oil is a saturated fat and the FDA cautions people to keep their consumption of saturated fats to a minimum. Too much saturated fat can lead to high levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and an increased risk for developing heart disease.
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